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Hot Springs Canyon Rim Professional Review and Guide
"This trail was improved into an official trail not too many years ago, so some maps, including the topographic map, do not show it. The trail starts at the Hot Springs parking lot. Follow the trail down to the river, past the motel and post office built by J. O. Langford in the 1900s as part of his health resort at the springs. After about 0.25 mile the trail passes the foundations of the bathhouse that he built over the main spring. Except when the river floods it, warm springwater still fills the foundation, creating a tempting hot tub. If this trail is done as a round-trip, a soak in the spring would make a welcome ending to the hike."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
I read a book on J.O. Langfords homesteading this area. Although I had been to the springs on many occasions, I never knew exactly where he built his home. The book was very descriptive and this trail will take you to the ruins overlooking the springs bath house. Easy to follow and short. I suggest toward sunset with the goal of relaxing in the springs after dark. Good photos at the post office and hotel he built too.
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